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Hyves is a small social networking site in the Netherlands with mainly Dutch visitors and members, where it competes with sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Hyves was founded in 2004 by Raymond Spanjar and Floris Rost van Tonningen. The service is available in both Dutch and English. In May 2010 Hyves had more than 10.3 million accounts. These correspond to two thirds of the size of the Dutch population (which stands at over 16 million in 2010), however these include multiple accounts per person and inactive accounts. The number of accounts had grown by over two million as compared to the 1.5 years earlier. Hyves can be used free of charge, but there is an option for a paid Premium Membership (called "Gold Membership"). Gold members have access to some extra features, such as the ability to use some more different smilies in their messages and more uploading space for pictures. The creators have said that the basic form of Hyves will always be free.

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